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NY Times Blasts St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

NYTimeslogoMost people who watched the press conference given by St. Louis country prosecutor Bob McCulloch likely came away wondering what, exactly, had just happened. As The New York Times editorial board explains, it was a disaster from start to finish.

The Times notes that even before the press conference — in which McCulloch announced that no charges would be issued against Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown — McCulloch was screwing things up with a purpose.

Instead of sorting through the mountains of evidence for the grand jury, McCulloch let the grand jury do it themselves. Then, the deliberations — which usually last a few days — went on for three months. ”And since grand jury proceedings are held in secret, the drawn-out process fanned suspicions that Mr. McCulloch was deliberately carrying on a trial out of public view, for the express purpose of exonerating Officer Wilson,” reported the Times.

This was all before the disastrous press conference:

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Layoffs Coming to NY Times

For some New York Times staffers, the holidays are not going to be so great. Even if aunt Lisa gets too drunk and tries to wrestle grandma again. According to The New York Post, layoffs are coming to the paper, as not enough people are choosing to take buyouts.

In early October, the Times announced to staffers that it needed to reduce its newsroom by 100. If enough staffers took the buyouts being offered, then no additional cuts would need to be made. As of yesterday, the number of buyout requests had only reached “the high 30s,” according to the Newspaper Guild’s rep at the Times.

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NY Times Names First Innovation and Strategy Editor

NYTimeslogoThe New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008.

At the Times, Wilson will be tasked with expanding the paper’s digital offerings and guiding its mobile strategies.

Dean Baquet, the Times’ executive editor, described Wilson as “a pioneer in digital journalism.” “I have known him for years and am delighted that he has agreed to bring his substantial talents to the Times as we continue down the path to our digital future,” added Baquet.

Wilson will begin his new role in February. He’ll report to Baquet.

Newspapers React to Darren Wilson Ruling

Last night a grand jury ruled that Darren Wilson would not face any charges in the killing of Michael Brown. Newspapers across the nation reacted with startling images on their front pages. Unfortunately, most chose to showcase the unrest in Ferguson, but some — like The Chicago Sun-Times — went with more moving images.

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NY Times Staffers Answer Thanksgiving Questions

If you’ve got questions about preparing Thanksgiving dinner, The New York Times has answers. Sam Sifton, the Times’ food editor; Melissa Clark, a food columnist; and Eric Asimov, a wine critic, are all answering questions on the Times’ Facebook page right now.

A quick example: One person asked for the best way to cook two large turkeys. “Yes, definitely cook them at the same time if they will both fit in your oven and if you have 2 roasting pans,” replied Clark. “If you don’t (or they don’t) one idea is to spatchcock them. Then spread them out on rimmed sheet pans to roast. You should be able to get both in the oven at the same time if you do it this way. Bonus: they will roast up in an hour or so.” See? Solid advice from smart people.

Please note that the Times staffers will not be able to help you figure out why your uncle Carl drinks so much.

NY Times Corrects Article with Fake Kanye Quote

The editors at The New York Times don’t think much of Kanye West. If they did, they’d probably be skeptical of a quote in which he said his butt was superior to Kim Kardashian’s. That’s a bit much, even for Kanye. Instead, the editors ran an article with such a quote, despite it being pulled from satirical site The Daily Currant:

At least the editors have now learned two lessons: 1) The Daily Currant is a fake news site and 2) No one has a better butt than Kim Kardashian.

(h/t: Jim Romenesko)

NY Post Handles Obama’s Speech Well

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As you can see, The New York Post handled President Obama’s immigration speech quite well. We especially like how they provided an accurate summary of Obama’s powerful address right on the front. The Lady of Liberty photoshop job is a nice touch as well.

Rich Mirman: Newspaper Publisher and Paperboy

2010_The_Orange_County_Register-logoUsually, it goes in the other direction. A teenager starts out delivering newspapers and then, many years later, can point to having ascended through the ranks of the publication to EIC or publisher.

But the Orange County Register, thanks to the actions of Aaron Kushner, is no ordinary newspaper. From Gustavo Arellano‘s feature interview report in OC Weekly:

[Newly hired publisher Rich] Mirman arrived at the Register‘s printing plant his first weekend on the job at 2 a.m., folding papers alongside his wife. After stacking hundreds of papers into a car, he and another Register worker drove to Huntington Beach at 3:30, with Mirman tossing papers out of the passenger window.

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In Op-Ed, NBA Commissioner Calls for Legalized Sports Gambling

Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, has written an op-ed for The New York Times that points out the obvious: everyone gambles on sports, so it’s time to make it legal. It’s a bold move for a commissioner, but it’s the right one.

Silver explains that despite sports gambling being illegal outside of Nevada, it is a thriving business. “There is an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events,” writes Silver. “Mainstream media outlets regularly publish sports betting lines and point spreads. Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly voiced their support for legal sports betting in a 2011 referendum.”

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Ex-New York Media Pair Sell Telluride Weekly

SethCaginMartaTarbellPicGiven the current state of print media, this is probably about as good as it can get in a smaller market like Telluride.

Eighteen years after launching The Watch as a fax newsletter, Seth Cagin and Marta Tarbell have sold their in-the-red operation to Monday-to-Friday competitor The Telluride Daily Planet. According to a report in the latter by Heather Sackett, the Planet will continue to publish this newly acquired property:

“We have not finalized plans for content changes, but we will likely be doing some new, more in-depth feature reporting in the weekly Watch newspaper — the kind of reporting that we can’t necessarily do in the Planet and that is not really available in the region,” Daily Planet publisher Andrew Mirrington said.

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